Estelle Lecaille (independent curator at mòsso) and Simon Delobel (director of KIOSK) put Belgian photography in the spotlight in Arles this summer. With Naître aux mondes (Coming to Worlds) they set up a route of casual and informal encounters with photographers in the public space. Their proposal was selected after an open call.
From portrait photography and self-portraits to documentary photography or photo collages, the curators have chosen Belgian photographers who deserve recognition by the general public: Hélène Amouzou, Patrick Wokmeni, Rami Hara, Chrystel Mukeba, Brahim Tall, Prignot & Alvarez, Muhiba Botan and Kamel Moussa.
At a time when xenophobia and the closing of borders are dominating politics and when society is turning in on itself, it seems fundamental to show work by artists who propose a different vision of our society: a multicultural, cosmopolitan view that is rich in refreshing contributions from outside.
The selected works manage to overcome imaginary boundaries and expose the systems of thought and mental constructs that connect us. In this way, they show that we are one and the same human community. Addressing the other through art remains a unique way to open up to each other, to explore possibilities and to rethink our relationship to the world.
Naître aux mondes will take place in Arles in the first week of July 2021 and is supported by the Flanders Arts Institute, the Representation of the Government of Flanders in Paris, Wallonie-Bruxelles-International and the Direction des Arts plastiques contemporains of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.